June 2016

Despite security and lock-in fears, public cloud adoption thrives among Fortune 500

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Matt Asay.

Enterprises are still wary of vendor lock-in and perceived security issues, and it's throttling their ambitions to run more workloads in the cloud. Or it would, if public cloud weren't so darn convenient and necessary for driving innovation. This is one strong conclusion that emerges from a new MongoDB survey of over 2,500 people.

Given MongoDB's new school NoSQL approach to data, it's not surprising that so many of its enterprise users would be increasingly comfortable running in the cloud. What is more surprising is that these same organizations keep talking about lock-in and security, even as they run ever larger percentages of their applications in the cloud...

Oracle Seen Ending String Of EPS Declines Amid Huge Cloud Transition

Grazed from Investors. Author: Brian Deagon.

Amid its major shift to cloud computing, longtime database leader Oracle (ORCL) is set to report quarterly earnings after the market close Thursday. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Oracle to report a 4% year-over-year increase in earnings per share minus items, to 81 cents, for its fiscal Q4 ended on or near May 31.

That would reverse four straight quarters of EPS declines. Analyst expect revenue to fall 2%, to $10.47 billion, the fifth straight quarter of declines. Oracle is transitions to selling more of its business software on demand via the internet cloud, a huge change for a company built by selling billions of dollars of traditional, on-premise software that clients license for the long term...

Who's Leading the Storage Startup Landscape?

Article Written by David Marshall

Tape Storage

Just last week, Red Herring announced the winners of its 2016 Top 100 North America award, which recognizes the leading private companies in the region, celebrating startups' innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

It's interesting to see that many of the winners fall in the IT space, and three in particular fall specifically in the storage category: SwiftStackZadara and Igneous. Virtualization, public cloud and other relatively recent changes in the datacenter have turned the storage world upside down, creating a market for fresh, new, innovative solutions that save time, money and resources. Many new companies have formed over the past several years, jumping on the opportunity presented by the need for better, more modern storage. But what is it about certain solutions and vendors that make them stand out amongst the others?

The REAL State of Cloud

Grazed from VMblog.com. Author: Greg Knieriemen

Private clouds are a waste of money and hybrid clouds are mistaken investments.

That's what Lydia Leong of Gartner says anyway.

With no published end-user research other than a conference straw poll, the Gartner cloud myth is that there is just one way to "cloud." If it's not a public cloud (and presumably an AWS public cloud) then you are just wasting your time and money drinking the Kool-Aid of legacy vendors.

Oracle Unveils New Cloud Partner Platform

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jeff Cozza.

A new enterprise offering introduced by Oracle today is designed to enable independent software vendors (ISVs) to transition their businesses to the cloud, the company said. The new platform, called the Oracle Cloud Platform Ready for Independent Software Vendors, will allow ISVs to quickly register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, allowing them to fast-track new business opportunities in the cloud.

Oracle's new cloud platform is part of its Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), a partnership program designed to help market products through a tiered participation program. The new platform will provide PartnerNetwork members benefits at the Silver level or higher and allow them to create initial application listings in the platform and infrastructure sections of the Oracle Cloud Marketplace in minutes...

Read more from the source @ http://www.toptechnews.com/article/index.php?story_id=111003H0N253

Cloud Computing: The State of Open Source Security in Commercial Applications

Grazed from CCI. Author: Editorial Staff.

Among other solutions to help customers manage and secure the open source software in their applications and containers, Black Duck conducts audits of customers’ software, both for companies on the “buy” or “sell” side in mergers or acquisitions. Typically, our audits are of commercial software that has been in the market for a number of years. During a six-month period from late 2015 through early 2016 Black Duck conducted a study of over 200 applications reviewed by our On-Demand team. Here are the highlights from the study…

You’re using open source more than you think

For all intents and purposes, everyone is using open source. Black Duck finds open source code in over 95% of the applications we analyze for clients. In our study, we found open source code comprised over 35% of the average commercial application we reviewed. If we were looking at code developed for internal use, the percentage was much higher… as high as 75%...

Cloud Computing is Moving to Outer Space?

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Rick Delgado.

Did cloud computing once seem out of this world? If you remember a world before the Internet, or even the years it was first starting to come into people’s homes, many cloud concepts were probably once unfamiliar as well. Not only can information be gathered from distant sources. Your own data and computing services can be based thousands of miles away. Companies have been talking about moving the cloud to space, and now Cloud Constellation Corporation has announced it is planning to build a cloud storage network that is truly out of this world.

A Space Cloud Plan In the Works

The company plans to implement its SpaceBelt network soon. It will include orbiting satellites and ground networks. Businesses, government entities, and cloud service providers will be able to store data securely in the space-based infrastructure. At least seven satellites should be in place by 2019...

Buy-in from the top is key to cloud transitions, AWS exec says

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

As the head of Amazon Web Services, Andy Jassy has seen a lot of big organizations start using the public cloud. The biggest indicator of success for a cloud transition is simple, he says: Has the business' senior staff bought into it? In his view, organizations will usually stick with their status quo on-premises data centers unless leaders are ready to promote the use of public cloud services.

"And it sounds a little bit simple, but the reality is that there's so much inertia all over these organizations in continuing to things the same way they've been done for the last number of years, for a variety of different reasons," Jassy said at the AWS Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday...

Managing big data in the era of cloud computing

Grazed from WebWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Company CTOs are increasingly considering more robust, holistic solutions to their company’s data management needs. With the move to cloud storage and access, there are now new challenges regarding data security, access, analytics strategies and IT service delivery. Computacenter is one company that is tackling this from the top down, with services to help companies overhaul or upgrade their backend systems for a secure front-end management by staff and customers alike.

The European General Data Protection Regulation has recently placed further responsibility on companies to meet compliance for securing personal data. This downloadable white paper explains the steps towards compliance and approach to big data management. Computacenter has assembled a team of highly experienced experts in data system design, cloud security, and analytics architecture, to ensure that a company can rely completely on IT systems to deliver their service seamlessly...

Samsung to Acquire Public and Private Cloud for IoT Applications

Grazed from Engineering. Author: Editorial Staff.

Samsung Electronics recently announced its plans to acquire the public and private cloud provider Joyent. While Joyent will continue to operate as an independent company, Samsung hopes to soon be able to take advantage of Joyent’s cloud technology to further its own Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based initiatives.

Though the acquisition is yet to be finalized, both companies can expect to benefit from the partnership. Joyent offers several cloud solutions, including Node.js production support, containers as a service and scalable object storage. On the other hand, Samsung’s brand, capital and global scale offer Joyent plenty of room to grow...

How the cloud is helping turn data catalogs into content

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Greg Otto.

It’s not enough for people like Jerry Johnston to simply publish the abundance of geospatial data that belongs to the federal government — he wants the public to be able to derive value from it. That’s where cloud computing comes in. Johnston, director of the Interior Department’s Information and Technology Management Division, is using Amazon Web Services to turn the government’s geospatial data into robust, functional content for anyone interested in using it.

Through his work with the Federal Geographic Data Committee, Johnston has leaned on AWS to support Geoplatform.gov, a repository for people to find, search for and share various geospatial data sets. “Using AWS, we built our own platform and software offerings that agencies are using right now,” Johnston said Monday during a session at Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Summit. “It’s been a huge advancement in making things available.”...

Read more from the source @ http://fedscoop.com/cloud-computing-open-data-amazon-web-services-2016

10 SaaS Startups Every Enterprise Should Know

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Andrew Froehlich.

When it comes to cloud computing options, enterprise IT departments often focus on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). That's because, in my experience, IT professionals at large organizations think of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as something primarily catering to small- and medium-size organizations.

But SaaS indeed can, and does, offer plenty of potential for enterprise customers, as evidenced by the 10 startups we're exploring here. Our list includes SaaS applications for traditional organizational challenges, such as supply-chain, payroll, sales, recruiting, and company-wide collaboration...

The growth trajectory of cloud, what is IT really costing you?

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Faith Rees.

The growth trajectory of Cloud has been well documented, you’d be pretty hard pressed not to be able to find a reference to the increase in adoption worldwide. Pretty much every IT vendor is vying for a place in the race to cloud adoption. We are at a unique inflection point with a mass of opportunity ahead of us as providers, vendors, sellers and enablers of IT, as consumers continue to drive us toward innovation, as we continue to strive for faster, more efficient, more effective, cheaper ways to do, well, everything! The opportunity that the cloud presents to enable, scale and efficiencies that have been previously unavailable to many is disrupting the fabric of the way we have done business to date and literally opening up a world of opportunities.

To steal a phrase from the recent Cisco report Impact of Cloud IT Consumption models “One of the clearest expressions of this cloud-driven change is the emergence of lines of business (LOBs) — human resources, sales, R&D, and other areas that are end users of IT — both as direct consumers of cloud-based services, and as ever more prominent influencers of companies’ IT agendas...

Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Ganesh Kirti.

While many businesses laud the benefits of cloud computing, some feel less than 100 percent confident in their ability to fully secure their cloud resources. Is it any wonder? Your corporate network might link to multiple cloud services, run by different operators. Mobile users might be accessing cloud resources simultaneously over dissimilar WANs and device types. Some users and devices fall under your management domain; others don't.

In fact, corporate data seems to be everywhere. It's being copied, emailed, shared, and synced wherever users happen to be working. So it's tough to know exactly where sensitive data is being stored and who has access to it. How can you successfully enforce internal policies and industry compliance mandates under these conditions, particularly when another entity now controls part of your hosting environment?...

Understanding Cloud Computing

Grazed from Huffington Post. Author: Anuj Gupta.

Cloud computing finds its origin in the need of advanced computing infrastructure by people and organization which can be shared among them. The cloud came as a solution. It is the practice of using a network of remote Computing devices (servers) hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources—everything from applications to data centers—over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis. (www.ibm.com). The computing devices can be made available to people across the globe through world wide web or the internet hence the word cloud (also phrased as “the cloud”) is used as a metaphor for “the Internet,” and the phrase cloud computing means “a type of Internet-based computing,” where different services — such as servers, storage and applications —are delivered to through Internet...

Read more from the source @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anuj-gupta/understanding-cloud-compu_b_10682850.html

Brexit spells turbulence for cloud computing: 6 stormy scenarios

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

The only certainty about the United Kingdom's move to exit the European Union is the cloud computing ecosystem is going to see some turbulence and uncertainty ahead. Although Brexit rattled the stock markets on Friday, the fallout is just beginning. Enterprises everywhere were planning based on their exposure to the U.K. The currency hit alone is going to ding revenue for many technology companies.

Beyond that initial calculation--you can expect Brexit to be a topic on every earnings conference call in the weeks ahead--there are some real technology logistics to sort out. With that in mind, here's a speculative stab at a few Brexit scenarios and how they may impact large cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM...

Read more from the source @ http://www.zdnet.com/article/brexit-spells-turbulence-for-cloud-computing-6-stormy-scenarios/

Technology companies like Microsoft welcome Trai’s cloud computing paper

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Neha Alawadhi.

Indian arms of multinational technology companies have welcomed the paper on cloud computing put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on June 10. "A strong technology infrastructure that harnesses the power of global technology innovations is crucial for India's growth," said a Microsoft India spokesperson. "In this spirit, the proposal set forth by Trai is progressive, as clear regulatory policies will enhance cloud adoption in India across sectors and directly contribute to the country's digital ambition."

The paper covers a broad spectrum of issues including defining policies for cloud computing, systems and processes for information governance framework in cloud from perspectives of lawful interception, more so if it is hosted in a different country, and also whether cloud service providers should be licensed...

Visual cloud computing method aids in disaster response

Grazed from DigitalJournal. Author: Karen Graham.

Massive amounts of visual electronic data are produced during a natural or man-made disaster, and processing the information quickly and efficiently could mean the difference between life and death for survivors. Visual data is created by security cameras, mobile phones, and even aerial videos, and compiling all this data can be time-consuming to first responders and law enforcement.

The data provided can be critical in where to send emergency personnel, tracking suspects in man-made disasters and identifying hazardous substances. But one of the problems with all this data is the duplication of some of the information, while other issues revolve around the need for networking resources that often may not be available during a disaster, coupled with the bottleneck that is created by the abundance of high-resolution video streams...

Intel Considers Sale of Cybersecurity Division: Report

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Intel is considering the sale of its cybersecurity business it acquired for $7.7 billion six years ago, according to a report by the Financial Times over the weekend, as it considers the future of Intel Security. Intel Security was formed in 2010 after Intel acquired antivirus software maker McAfee, but the cybersecurity division’s focus on personal computing no longer fits with its strategy which has shifted towards the more lucrative data center market.

The news of the potential sale has brought Intel stock down 0.79 percent to $31.30 in pre-market trading on Monday, according to a report by TheStreet. Intel Security may fetch the same amount Intel paid for the business back in 2010 as private equity interest in cybersecurity providers has grown along with the complexity and sophistication of cybersecurity threats...

Datapipe And Microsoft Team To Drive Cloud Adoption Across Asia-Pacific

Grazed from CSO. Author: Editorial Staff.

Datapipe, a leading provider of managed hosting and cloud services for the enterprise, has teamed up with Microsoft to drive the ease of cloud adoption among businesses in Hong Kong and broader Asia-Pacific. Datapipe has been recognized by Microsoft as a Direct Partner in its Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Program in Hong Kong. This makes Datapipe one of only four Direct CSP Partners in Hong Kong.

Datapipe’s managed services are now available to enterprises on Microsoft’s cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and hybrid cloud across Asia-Pacific. Datapipe works closely with Microsoft and its clients to help them manage Microsoft cloud migration, deployment and management – driving up the ease of cloud adoption through its award-winning managed services...